BioIVT, formerly BioreclamationIVT, is a specialist provider of biospecimens and related services. The company announced Steven W. Louie has joined the company as Director of Transporter Sciences.
In his new role, Louie will lead the expansion of BioIVT’s hepatic transporter business. His areas of responsibility will include scientific oversight of BioIVT’s in vitro hepatic transporter products and research services, and study design to provide in vivo-relevant data suitable for lead selection and regulatory filings.
Dr Christopher Black, Senior VP ADME Tox at BioIVT, commented: “We are thrilled to have someone of Steven’s caliber and ‘big pharma’ experience join the team. We are committed to providing excellence in ADME Tox services and Steven adds to our deep bench of scientific expertise in hepatic transporters. We know our clients will benefit from working with Steven.”
Louie has more than 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has led research programmes at GSK, Merck, and Amgen. At Amgen, he was instrumental in developing higher throughput transporter tools to support early discovery and development projects in the department of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism.
His efforts have led to more than 40 IND-enabling transporter reports and recent US Food and Drug Administration/European Medicines Agency drug approvals for Corlanor, Kryprolis and Parsabiv. His area of research includes in vitro to in vivo extrapolation of transporter-mediated drug-drug interactions.
“I am excited to be joining the excellent team at BioIVT,” said Louie. “My new colleagues at BioIVT pioneered research in hepatic transporters and we have previously collaborated on numerous projects. I am looking forward to working with BioIVT’s global clients on their research programs.”
Louie was elected chair of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Drug Transport Focus Group in 2016 and will complete his term in 2018. He also served as the organising chair of the 2018 AAPS Workshop on Drug Transporters in ADME: From the Bench to the Bedside.
In 2017, the AAPS Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism (PPDM) Section honoured Louie with the PPDM Service Award.
Louie has organised, moderated and taught several AAPS symposia and the Transporter Bootcamp: Back to Basics Workshop. He also developed and launched the AAPS eLearning Services Course: Transporter Knowledge for New Frontiers. His work has been published in book chapters, peer-reviewed journals, and the AAPS Newsmagazine and Blogs.
Louie received an MS in microbiology and immunology from the University of Iowa.